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In Loving Memory Nancy Pearsall

Nancy Neville Pearsall, age 86, of Iron Springs Park, Copalis Beach, Washington, passed away on Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at Willapa Harbor Health Care in Raymond, Washington. She was born in Norfolk County, Virginia on December 8, 1927 to Henry Willis Neville and Ellen Sours Neville.

Warren Max Carter

Warren Max Carter, 86 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Washington area resident, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. He was born on March 16, 1927, in Eureka, Utah to Percy and Delora (Bridges) Carter.

Janice L. Schoening

Longtime Aberdeen resident, Janice L. Schoening, died at Pacific Care Center, Hoquiam, Saturday, April 5, 2014. She was 79. Janice was born in Everson, Washington, February 18, 1935, the daughter of John and Genevieve (Hunter) Lenss. The family moved often seeking work during the depression years, coming to the South Beach area of Grays Harbor in the late 1930s.

A. Vernon Olson

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, A. Vernon Olson died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, Washington on April 17, 1933, the son of Olaf and Anna (Aspen) Olson. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1951 and studied at the University of Portland in Oregon, graduating in 1957. After working for the Internal Revenue Service, he opened his own accounting firm in Ocean Shores where he worked for 40 years.

Susan M. Geary

Longtime Westport resident, Susan M. Geary, went home to be with her Father in Heaven on April 9, 2014, at her winter home in Yuma, AZ after a courageous battle against cancer.

Sigmond Mekosky

Sigmond Mekosky, 90, passed away July 11, 2002, at Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., since 1988.

Ruth Estella Dixon

Ruth Estella Dixon, 89, a life long Harborite, died at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in East Hoquiam, on November 15, 1924, the daughter of Harry H. and Celesta Blanche (Hawkins) Hartley. She was raised in East Hoquiam until the 7th grade when the family moved into town. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1942.

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Marlene Laverne Titherington

Marlene was born April 30, 1937, in Raymond, to Lester and Marie (Badgley) Pea. She passed away on March 25, 2014, in Gig Harbor, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband, Harvey; daughter, Claire (Jim) Bottoms; two sisters, Ellen (Leonard) Blakely and Janice Horne; brother, Walter (Marilyn) Pea; sister-in-law, Sharon (Steve) Martin; grandchildren, James Bottoms, Shawn Titherington, Shane Titherington, Stephen Bottoms, Amanda Bottoms, Samantha Semaia; daughter-in-law, Linda Semaia; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Mary Frances Larson

Mary Frances Larson, 79, a longtime harborite, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, after a valiant 14 year battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1934, in London, Ky., to Tim and Mittie (George) Pennington. She was a two pound “preemie”, born in a one room log cabin in the hills of Kentucky. Her great-grandmother saved her life by lining a cardboard box with cotton and placing her in the warming oven of the cook stove. This was her “incubator” for three months. Her parents moved many times and she had attended 14 different elementary and high schools. Her parents followed the “fruit tramp” during the depression. They harvested tobacco in Kentucky, picked oranges in California, hops in Oregon, apples and strawberries in Washington and then went back to Kentucky for the winter. By the time she was seven, Mary’s parents had driven this triangle seven times. When World War II began, the family settled in Central Oregon until the end of the war. The family then settled in Hoquiam in 1950. She graduated as Salutatorian with the class of 1952. She was active in high school, serving as student body secretary, Hesperian editor, a member of the honor society, Pepsters and Spanish Club. She was awarded a four year PTA Scholarship to what was then Central Washington State College, graduating in 1956. In college, she was president of FTA, a member of Spurs (sophomore women’s service club), Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, The Herodoteans (history club) and worked on the yearbook for four years, The Hyakem, serving as photography editor, assistant editor, editor and student advisor. She co-chaired Dad’s Day Weekend, served on the Associated Women’s Counsel, was given the Award of Distinction and elected to be included in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Jay Harp

Jay Harp, age 39, a lifetime resident of Hoquiam, died on March 23, 2014, at his home. Jay was born on February 6, 1975, in Aberdeen. He was raised in Hoquiam, graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1994, and had attended Grays Harbor College.

Gerald (Jerry) Steven Pirttila Sr.

A memorial service will be held for Jerry Pirttila Sr., at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Montesano Presbyterian Church, 201 East McBryde Ave. Steve Fishback will be officiating. A private internment at Fern Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society, Tacoma. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300 • Rockville, MD 20852.

Vetold Frank Daracunas

Vetold Frank Daracunas, 93, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born October 3, 1920, in Aberdeen, to Simon Daracunas and Teresa (Strumski) Daracunas. Vetold was raised his whole life here in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Weatherwax high school in 1939. He later joined the United States Coast Guard and served in the Construction Battalion. On Sept 5, 1942, he married the love of his life Maxine M. Colberg in Puyallup. They were married for 55 years. Maxine died on January 23, 1998, after a long battle with cancer.

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson, 75, a longtime Cosmopolis resident beloved husband, father and brother died Thursday, March 20, 2014, peacefully at home in Cosmopolis. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, we will all miss his forever smile and the twinkle in his eye, and even if you had just met him you were his friend. He was a very giving person and was always there to help anybody in need.

Lillian France Taylor September 5, 1910 - March 15, 2014

Lillian France Taylor, 103, of Albany, Ore., passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at her home. She was born in Elma, the daughter of Earle and Leo B. France. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Taylor; and a sister, Elizabeth Heisel. She is survived by a son, Jon Taylor and wife, Sandy of Albany, Ore.; three grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.